My name is Mark Sacks, and I am the owner of ScoreItUp. I vividly recall being in your shoes, preparing to take the LSAT on my way to going to law school. I also remember the stressful feeling on the morning of the LSAT: realizing that the results of this half-day exam were more important than my entire cumulative gpa, which had taken four years of time to develop.
Fortunately, things went well and I scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT the first time I took it. That enabled me to get into the nation’s top law schools, and ultimately graduate from Harvard Law School. However, the process could have been much easier for me (and a lot more fun!) with a better LSAT Prep course and a more effective instructor. If an option like ScoreItUp existed at the time, I was not aware of it.
Intelligent pre-law students know that the most important factor affecting the quality (and enjoyment) of any course is the instructor teaching it. For this reason, and in stark contrast to the industry norm, I provide a written guarantee that all ScoreItUp lessons are taught by me. I do not use part-time or student instructors who may lack quality training and teaching experience in the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts, or who have questionable motivation levels.
As a high school Valedictorian and summa cum laude college graduate, I have been tutoring students throughout my life. Teaching has been my lifelong passion and continues to be to this day. I began teaching LSAT Prep for a national test prep company before graduating from law school, and have taught thousands of additional LSAT Prep students since forming ScoreItUp in 2008.
In addition, I have taught well over 35 University law courses, primarily at UC Irvine, including developing and teaching UCI’s “Legal Reasoning and the Law” course. That undergraduate course applies the legal reasoning concepts tested on the LSAT to the analysis of judicial opinions in landmark U.S. cases.
My entire professional life has been devoted to teaching and working with the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts. A more detailed description of my LSAT Prep teaching credentials, my training in the LSAT’s legal reasoning skills, and the structure of my LSAT Prep course lessons, are provided in the links at the bottom of this page.
ScoreItUp’s LSAT Prep lessons are designed to provide exceptionally clear, precise and thorough instruction in an entertaining and lighthearted atmosphere that encourages students to succeed. I believe that is where my strength as a teacher lies, and the most helpful, engaging and fun way for students to master the LSAT. The courses also include ScoreItUp’s massive online database, which is specifically designed to complement and flow seamlessly with my course lessons.
Please visit Top 15 to see 15 key benefits of my ScoreItUp courses, and Student Comments or yelp.com to see extensive student reviews. For more details on ScoreItUp, and the amazing results of ScoreItUp students, please see About SIU.
Finally, you are welcome to view course options, or email any questions directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are ready to join me in one of ScoreItUp’s live or online video courses, I would be thrilled to work with you – please email me or begin enrolling here.
Let’s have fun taking down the LSAT together…it would be a privilege for me to help you dramatically increase your LSAT score, bring this challenging exam to its knees, turn you into another ScoreItUp success story, and get you into that dream law school of yours!
My LSAT Prep teaching credentials, and my training in the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts, include the following:
- Harvard Law School graduate (also accepted into Stanford, UC Berkeley (Boalt), UCLA, and UC Hastings law schools).
- Only known LSAT instructor to ever coach multiple students to perfect 180 LSAT scores in one year (within four years of ScoreItUp opening its doors).
- Extensive LSAT Prep teaching experience (including teaching for a national test prep company).
- Founded ScoreItUp LSAT Prep in 2008, and personally taught LSAT Prep to thousands of pre-law students.
- Consistently excellent student evaluations.
- Conduct annual LSAT Prep presentations at Universities throughout California, including but not limited to UCLA, UCI, USC, UCSB, UCSD, UCR, Chapman, CSUF, CSULB, CSUDH, and USD.
- Taught over 35 full-length University law courses to undergraduate, graduate, and working professional students at UC Irvine, Chapman, and Cal State Fullerton.
- Developed and taught UC Irvine’s “Logical Reasoning and the Law” undergraduate course, integrating the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts and case law analysis.
- Written numerous articles on the LSAT and LSAT Prep.
- Advisory committee member to Harvard University’s admission committee.
- Taught national seminars to lawyers throughout the nation.
- Scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT.
The LSAT is specifically designed to test the legal reasoning skills used by law students and lawyers (e.g., strengthening arguments, parallel reasoning, analogies, etc.). I have worked with the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts throughout my professional career as a LSAT Prep instructor, University professor, civil litigator and criminal prosecutor. My law school education and extensive teaching and work experience with the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts enables me to (1) explain clearly the reasoning in LSAT questions, (2) demonstrate the fallacies of incorrect answer choices, and (3) enable students to answer LSAT questions much more easily, accurately, and efficiently.
My ScoreItUp course lessons begin by focusing on developing the key legal reasoning skills tested on each section of the LSAT, and using real LSAT questions to demonstrate how these concepts appear in actual questions. (Plenty of time is made available in live courses for student questions as well.)
After these initial “core” lessons, we spend a tremendous amount of time allowing you to apply the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts to additional real LSAT questions. We routinely take and analyze full sets and sections of previously released LSATs to help dramatically increase your LSAT score. I will assist you in accurately recognizing common LSAT patterns and tricks, efficiently rejecting tempting but incorrect answers, and clearly understanding the legal reasoning concepts underlying LSAT questions. LSAT Prep isn’t magic…but seeing dramatic improvement in your LSAT score sometimes will feel that way!
In addition, my live ScoreItUp courses also include seven (7) full-length proctored exams, primarily during the second half of the course (online students living in Southern California also can take them). These proctored exams use real LSATs, are timed by a live proctor, and precisely simulate the experience of taking the official LSAT. Detailed explanations of these LSATs are provided for you in ScoreItUp’s extensive online database. By taking these mock exams and reviewing the explanations, you are able to deepen your understanding of the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts, improve timing and efficiency, and begin mastering the exam.
ScoreItUp courses include enormous added benefits as well. For example, all students are provided with my one-hour video tutorial on writing an excellent Personal Statement, and a separate one-hour tutorial on the four steps to writing an excellent Writing Sample (the final section of the LSAT). Students in ScoreItUp’s live courses also routinely have the chance to ask me questions in class about their personal statements and law school applications, and I formally devote part of one classroom lesson to these “soft factors.”
Finally, since I am a huge believer in making LSAT Prep lessons both engaging and entertaining, amusing stories from my work as a criminal prosecutor, civil litigator and former law school student are sprinkled throughout my classroom lessons. The stories reinforce LSAT Prep concepts, keep things lively and fun, and give you a taste of lawyers’ lives. Why not enjoy learning more about the work that lawyers do in different legal professions while preparing for the LSAT?
The so-called “soft factors” of your law school application include your personal statement, letters of recommendation, the LSAT’s Writing Sample, and your responses to law school application questions. In other words, everything contained in your application except your LSAT score and undergraduate gpa.
I have gained tremendous insight into the law school application process from my extensive discussions with law school admission members from a variety of law schools, my work on the advisory committee to Harvard University’s admission committee, and my own law school application experience. In addition, after assisting countless students with their personal statements and applications, I know how to effectively present the background and unique life history of any pre-law student in a powerful way that resonates with law school admission committees.
Students in my ScoreItUp courses are provided training in these “soft factors” at no additional charge. All students are given access to my one-hour video tutorial on the Personal Statement, and one-hour video on the LSAT’s Writing Sample (the sixth and final section of the LSAT). In addition, students in my live courses have substantial opportunities to discuss their “soft factors” with me informally. We also devote part of one classroom lesson to formal training on the personal statement and the Writing Sample. If you would like additional assistance, you are welcome to work with me on a 1-on-1 basis to help perfect your personal statement and other “soft factors.”
If you are seeking a LSAT Prep course that demands top-quality instruction, 100% focus upon the most relevant and important course instruction material, and a lively and entertaining presentation, ScoreItUp is the course for you!